The War On Drugs ‎– Lost In The Dream

Secretly Canadian ‎– SC310
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Purple Haze

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A1 Under The Pressure
Baritone Saxophone – Jon NatchezBass – Dave Hartley*Drums, Percussion – Charlie Hall (7)Synthesizer [Arp 2600] – Michael Johnson (9)Vocals, Electric Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Other [MS16 Dubs] – Adam Granduciel
A2 Red Eyes
Baritone Saxophone – Jon NatchezBass [Fretless], Percussion – Dave Hartley*Drums – Pat Berkery*Upright Piano, Organ – Robbie BennettVocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Twelve-String Guitar [Mitch Easter's Hagstrom 12 Strings], Synthesizer [Arp String Synthesizer] – Adam Granduciel
A3 Suffering
Bass – Dave Hartley*Drums – Pat Berkery*Organ – Nicolas VernhesPedal Steel Guitar – Ricky Ray JacksonSaxophone – Joseph ShabasonVocals, Electric Guitar, Guitar [Black Box Guitar], Electric Piano [Wurlitzer], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Piano, Synthesizer – Adam Granduciel
B1 An Ocean In Between The Waves
Bass – Dave Hartley*Drums – Jon AshleyElectric Piano [Mutron Rhodes] – Robbie BennettSaxophone – David FishkinVocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar [Flux Guitars], Organ, Synthesizer – Adam Granduciel
B2 Disappearing
Bass [Mutron II Bass] – Dave Hartley*Effects [Pitch Transposer], Drum Programming [Additional] – Jeff ZeiglerElectric Piano [Flux Wurlitzer] – Robbie BennettMusic By – Granduciel*, Michael Johnson (9)Synthesizer [Arp 2600] – Michael Johnson (9)Vocals, Electric Guitar [Electric Firebird Guitars], Slide Guitar, Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano [Space Wurlitzer], Drums, Drum [Linn Drum], Harmonica – Adam Granduciel
C1 Eyes To The Wind
Baritone Saxophone – Jon NatchezBass – Dave Hartley*Drums – Charlie Hall (7)Lap Steel Guitar – Mike Sobel (2)Pedal Steel Guitar – Ricky Ray JacksonSaxophone – Joseph ShabasonUpright Piano, Grand Piano, Synthesizer [Arp String Synthesizer] – Robbie BennettVocals, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Piano [Space Rhodes], Synthesizer [Arp Omni II] – Adam Granduciel
C2 The Haunting Idle
Electric Guitar, Synthesizer [Oberheim], Mixed By – Adam GranducielGuitar [Black Strat] – Paul SukeenaPerformer [Eventide Cascades] – Michael Johnson (9)
C3 Burning
Bass – Dave Hartley*Drums [Inadvertent Drums] – Mike SneeringerPiano – Robbie BennettTape [Tape Flangin'] – Gabe WaxVocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Organ, Synthesizer, Drums, Percussion, Harmonica – Adam Granduciel
D1 Lost In The Dream
Bass – Dave Hartley*Drums – Jon AshleyElectric Piano [Wurlitzer] – Robbie BennettGuitar [Leslie Guitar] – Carter TantonVocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Performer [Fun Machine], Synthesizer, Harmonica, Percussion – Adam Granduciel
D2 In Reverse
Bass – Dave Hartley*Drums, Percussion – Charlie Hall (7)Piano – Robbie BennettTambourine – Nicolas VernhesVocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer, Piano, Percussion, Performer [Publison] – Adam Granduciel

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Gatefold tip-on sleeve with glossy, printed inner sleeves. Includes a download code.

©&℗ 2014 Secretly Canadian

All songs © 2014 Sea Formation Music ASCAP

Mixed at Rare Book Room Studios, Brooklyn, August-September 2013. "An Ocean in Between the Waves," "Disappearing" and "The Haunting Idle" mixed at Uniform Recording, Philadelphia, September-November 2013.

All songs recorded between August 2012 and November 2013 at Uniform Recording (Philly), Echo Mountain (Asheville, NC), Fidelitorium (Kornersville, NC), Rare Book Room (Brooklyn), Miner St (Philly), Water Music (Hoboken), Public Hi-Fi (Austin), University of the Arts (Philly) and Adam's house in Philly.

Mastered at Sterling Sound, NYC.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker on shrinkwrap): 656605031040
  • Barcode: 6 56605 03101 9
  • Label Code: LC 29278
  • Matrix / Runout: SC-310LP A
  • Matrix / Runout: SC-310LP B Salt
  • Matrix / Runout: SC-310LP C
  • Matrix / Runout: SC-310LP D Salt
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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SC310 The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream(2xLP, Album) Secretly Canadian SC310 USA & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
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SC310LPC4 The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gre) Secretly Canadian SC310LPC4 US 2018 Sell This Version
SC310 The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream(2xLP, Album, Club, Ltd, RE, Gre) Secretly Canadian SC310 US 2014 Sell This Version
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August 8, 2017
So glad I managed to get this copy after reading the horror stories on the regular black pressing page. It sounds fantastic! I will agree with Killahwhale (review below me), about the "wobbly" guitar. The flanger/reverb effect on the guitar does sound different - i would say more "organic" - than the mp3's I've listened to. I think it's cool though.
One thing to note - my purple pressing is definitely purple but when it sits on my black slipmat it just ends up looking black.


January 12, 2017

This pressing sounds great, I tend to notice the guitar effect sounds a bit different on vinyl then MP3 on most of the tracks. Not sure if its the pressing or not. It sounds a little more "wobbly". Happy with this album as it's amazing.


March 22, 2016
anybody wind up with two A/B sides? I just bought a used copy from Amoeba SF, and it had two C/D's and no A/B :( I'd hate to have to return/refund this....


May 2, 2014

great album, great production. Very happy i pre-ordered the purple. This one will be a gem for years to come.


March 20, 2014
edited about 1 year ago

I’m standing around the back hall after the El Ten Eleven show talking with a group of self proclaimed music people, and naturally the conversation turns to War On Drugs, and why shouldn’t it [?], after all Kurt Vile had played this very venue almost a year ago to the day, with someone asking, “What do you think the new War On Drugs album’s gonna sound like?” That was quickly followed by another who nearly laughed remarking, “What won’t it sound like.” Of course my ears perked at these comments and as I turned on my heels, saying “Have any of you actually heard the album?” The hall was quiet until I went on, saying that I had, and that Lost In The Dream was not only quite good but very important, representing not only a smooth but remarkable step forward from Slave Ambient and every bit as intoxicating as Dylan’s step into Blonde On Blonde ... that with each song [and Lost In The Dream was recorded using analog tape] they mixed tape on tape creating a density that’s impossible to push through on one listen, delivering a constructional concept of intelligent hazy smoke filled neo-psychedelic enchantment that is both breathtaking in its beauty and laden with dreamy washes and sonic guitar solos designed to spirit your soul into another dimension ... though making the decision to come back, may be the most difficult part.

Lost In The Dream really is a beautiful body of work, one filled with some of the finest most considered guitar structures and insightful lyrics I’ve heard in a very long time, one I can’t get enough of, and having it on purple vinyl only makes things that much more remarkable and enticing. I find it hard to believe that in 2014, there will be an album released to best these efforts, and while I realize that’s a bold statement, I can count myself among the first to be lost in the dream.

Post Script: This album only gets better over time, it's like a ride on a magic train. I got to see them live, preforming a nearly 2 hour show in Tucson at the Congress Hotel with less than 500 people in the venue, an event that must be heard to be believed.

Lost In The Dream has also been released as a double record gatefold on brilliant translucent purple vinyl, spinning a 45 rpm's. This is a limited edition of 400, finding one is nearly impossible, and mine has been autographed by Adam.

Lost In The Dream has been reissued by Vinyl Me Now as a double record gatefold on brilliant splattered lime green vinyl, along with a stunning print of a crow [though what the crow has to do with this album is still alluding me]. By breaking the album down into two discs spinning at 45 rpm's allows the grooves to be thicker, hence achieving better quality and durability … trust me, hearing is believing, though with a limited edition of 2100 copies, it's tough to come by.

*At the time of this review and discussion, I had a pre-release copy.

Post Script: Caught the band in Tucson [4.8.2014], it was like a magic train ride, and just when you think you've caught your breath, they reach out and take it away from you again ... or perhaps I just lost my voice from signing too loudly. Caught them again in Denver, then in El Paso [creating T-Shirts for the occasion] where they this time had a tour bus, and had a bit more time to hang with the band.

Review by Jenell Kesler


March 14, 2014
Mine just got shipped. Does anybody know how many purple pressings there are?